15 year study finds that bras may be useless.

Eucaly Eucaly
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Originally posted by bratcat
Thats a good point i didnt really take into account! Eventually all breast will start to sag since overtime our skins elasticity will start to wear thin and stretch more, but i do think it's kind of interesting how this may reverse some effects ... More
Studies have to be well-designed to have any merit. Maybe this one can only say things about underwires in the under-35 crowd.
04/27/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
I like wearing a supportive bra -- not just for cleavage but also while exercising. I cannot stand the feeling of 'bouncing around' and I'm not even busty.
04/27/2013
Chastity Darling Chastity Darling
Interesting read. I prefer to go braless when possible since I just started to be able to (stopping breastfeeding and all that). I do prefer to wear a well-fitting bra when I go out, however. I notice that there is a lot more stress on my back and shoulders in a bra... I happen to be a larger chested girl (DDD/F).
04/28/2013
Sbmsvschoolgirl Sbmsvschoolgirl
I actually read somewhere that that study was a bunch of BS, but I can't remember where. Regardless, I feel extremely uncomfortable going out without a bra, so I think I'll just stick to wearing one.
04/28/2013
dawnkye dawnkye
The study didn't seem very convincing, but I'm rooting for no bra to be good for you. I hate wearing one.
04/29/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I've read this theory in the past. This isn't the kind of thing you can 'prove'. As many women have commented - a bra is not an option for large breasted women (my wife is a G/H) - especially when working out. If you've got a nice compact A or B cup - maybe even C, it may work for you. If so - all the better.
04/29/2013
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Do people wear bras for that reason? I do so that they look good.
04/29/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by Sbmsvschoolgirl
I actually read somewhere that that study was a bunch of BS, but I can't remember where. Regardless, I feel extremely uncomfortable going out without a bra, so I think I'll just stick to wearing one.
I'd be interested to see opposing views on this from a credible supportive source. There are for sure flaws to the way the material was conducted/presented, leading to questionable results. However, i have yet read into nay-saying views from credited sources, so i'm genuinely interested to see what they say about this research.
04/29/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by Chastity Darling
Interesting read. I prefer to go braless when possible since I just started to be able to (stopping breastfeeding and all that). I do prefer to wear a well-fitting bra when I go out, however. I notice that there is a lot more stress on my back and ... More
This is partly why i started to go bra less. I too am a DDD/F cup, and i make sure to wear a well fitted bra when i plan on wearing one. This tends to lead to more stress to my back and shoulders, which are already bad due to a car accident i had a few years back.
04/29/2013
Castielskitten Castielskitten
I'll keep mine. I may not be as big as some women are, but I will not go a day without my D cup bra. I get extremely self conscious if I even go outside just to stand on the porch with a cup of coffee and I'm not wearing a bra. Ever since finding out I'm a 38-40 D and wearing that size, I have had a much easier time on my shoulders and back now that I have the right size.

I'm a runner too, and I've just started working out. Went one day without a bra because I handwash mine so they were drawing...next day...ow...just...ow.. .-_-
04/29/2013
TheirPet TheirPet
I always wore bras when I was a 34E. Now that I'm a B I go without more than not. I wear sports bras if I'm working out though cause jumping around is still painful.
04/29/2013
gorgeous gorgeous
People definately need to wear a bra, might not be for health reasons, but I don't like seeing people out in public without them.
04/29/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
I'm also skeptical about this study because I don't see any way for them to have controlled for all of the other possible factors affecting firmness and perkiness. I mean, we're talking genetics, diet, exercise, breast size, weight gain/loss, childbirth/lack thereof, smoking/non-smoking, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
04/30/2013
edeneve edeneve
I used to go braless a lot, & no, my breasts did not become perkier. logic says that gravity brings things down, eventually. developing the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts can give more support, but not enough to give anyone perky breasts once that perkiness naturally fades away.
05/01/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
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Originally posted by FieryRed
VeganChick, I have to wonder if you might be one of those women who hasn't found the right size! It also depends on the style, of course, but a good bra in the right size should be very comfortable. (I'm a former Bra Specialist, and have ... More
I highly doubt it. I find clothes in general mostly uncomfortable unless they are very loose. There is no way something strapping around my back and pads/cups on my chest is going to be comfortable, regardless of the "fit".
05/01/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
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Originally posted by gorgeous
People definately need to wear a bra, might not be for health reasons, but I don't like seeing people out in public without them.
I don't really think this is fair. People have a right to go braless. Keep applying this standard and we would have to say goodbye to tattoos, piercings, certain hairdos, certain clothing styles, etc. just because others "don't like seeing" them. You can't force your personal preferences onto others.
05/01/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by gorgeous
People definately need to wear a bra, might not be for health reasons, but I don't like seeing people out in public without them.
I would prefer subjective comments like such be left out, as it gives nothing back to the discussion, and shows a lack of respect for those who have already stated they choose/enjoy going braless. Like veganchick says, it is up to an individual to dress, in this case go braless, if they so please and that is their choice.
05/01/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by FieryRed
I'm also skeptical about this study because I don't see any way for them to have controlled for all of the other possible factors affecting firmness and perkiness. I mean, we're talking genetics, diet, exercise, breast size, weight ... More
I would like to see the actual results of the test and the variable groupe used, how they developed and changed, and their personal histories. I actually had a lot of problems with the way the study was conducted/presented, but i can see how the findings may be true. You bring up some very good points, and issues that are present and should be adressed with this study.
05/01/2013
kadelette kadelette
Interesting article!
05/01/2013
libbyv libbyv
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Originally posted by bratcat
A 15 year study of 330 women ages 18 to 35, conducted by french professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, found that wearing an underwire bra may actually lead to having "saggier' breast. The study found that over time breast would gain more muscle ... More
not sure i believe it
05/01/2013
Noelle Noelle
I think they are necessary after having to kids.
05/02/2013
Love Bites Love Bites
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Originally posted by bratcat
A 15 year study of 330 women ages 18 to 35, conducted by french professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, found that wearing an underwire bra may actually lead to having "saggier' breast. The study found that over time breast would gain more muscle ... More
I feel like I'd need more information to really have an opinion on this study. I fluctuate between a C and D cup. I've always had problems with feeling awkward about my chest, I can't feel comfortable without a bra on. I've only begun within the last year or so to be comfortable without one on. It could be interesting to see if it were true that the breasts would sag less if they were hanging naturally. But as my chest is already heavy, I don't know if I'd want to risk it. I also agree that it seems unrealistic, because without the support of a bra your chest would bounce and jiggle- all these things loosen your chest, and I've even read studies that say if you bounce your chest a lot and do not wear a properly fitting bra, you risk your breasts becoming saggy at an early age.
05/02/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I don't give a crap how mine look with or without a bra - the plain matter is that the torque* is unbearable without one!




*This is the jiggling and bouncing everyone else refers to.
05/02/2013
maimoromo2004 maimoromo2004
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Originally posted by bratcat
A 15 year study of 330 women ages 18 to 35, conducted by french professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, found that wearing an underwire bra may actually lead to having "saggier' breast. The study found that over time breast would gain more muscle ... More
i don't know ...may be ... in any way i think some massage will do the job
05/02/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
After growing and getting smaller and growing and getting smaller from nursing babies, the skin is stretched out, and the girls aren't as perky as they used to be. I suspect that bra or no, having children will take its toll.
05/02/2013
blondie blondie
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Originally posted by MrWill
I'm a guy, and I don't find this to be even remotely plausible. Look at tribal women who have never worn or heard of a bra compared to women of the same age that have.
Exactly. Alexander Gusov photographed his wife and some women from Namibia comparing their breasts and there's definitely huge a difference.
05/02/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by VeganChick (is Gone)
I don't really think this is fair. People have a right to go braless. Keep applying this standard and we would have to say goodbye to tattoos, piercings, certain hairdos, certain clothing styles, etc. just because others "don't like ... More
I completely agree. It's a bit hypocritical, if you really think about it, to say that other people should do something just because it's what you prefer to see; this implies that it's also okay for others to determine what YOU should wear, say, do, or be, just because of their preferences. (In fact, you'd have an awfully hard time fitting in with everyone's preferences at once!)

VeganChick also said: I highly doubt it. I find clothes in general mostly uncomfortable unless they are very loose. There is no way something strapping around my back and pads/cups on my chest is going to be comfortable, regardless of the "fit".

In that case, I'm sure you're right that it wouldn't matter what size you wore. Sounds like you're even more sensitive than I am! Do you, by chance, have trouble finding sex toys that are gentle enough for you, as well?
05/02/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
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Originally posted by FieryRed
I completely agree. It's a bit hypocritical, if you really think about it, to say that other people should do something just because it's what you prefer to see; this implies that it's also okay for others to determine what YOU should ... More
"Do you, by chance, have trouble finding sex toys that are gentle enough for you, as well?"

Not really, I think I'm just sensitive about clothing and texture on my body. I had a lot of trouble when I was little with sensory integration- I couldn't wear a lot of clothes because of the way they felt. My mom says I was very hard to shop with. This has gotten a lot better since I've gotten older, but I still prefer loose, baggy clothing, or none at all. I can't stay in jeans an entire day, if I'm at home I have to change, and sometimes I just wear pajama pants out. But I haven't had a problem with sex toys as of yet. *crossing my fingers*
05/03/2013
bog bog
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Originally posted by bratcat
A 15 year study of 330 women ages 18 to 35, conducted by french professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, found that wearing an underwire bra may actually lead to having "saggier' breast. The study found that over time breast would gain more muscle ... More
Very interesting! I personally don't wear a bra because I don't have large breasts. Good to know my decision is supported with some research, haha!
05/04/2013
marmouse marmouse
I have F cups and often don't wear a bra, they are just so uncomfortable. My mother insists however that I am going to have breasts 'so saggy you will be able to wrap them around a tree ten times and have some left over.'
05/04/2013
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